Structural Engineering London

Structural engineering is a major part of our civil engineering and structural design services, firmly underpinning both our commercial and residential building work in London and across the UK.

AC Design Solutions are a highly qualified, experienced team of structural engineers.

Our engineering team plays a significant role in both structural design and construction, working closely alongside architects and other engineering, design and building professionals.

We provide engineering design, structural analysis and development projects which consistently deliver innovative and cost-effective solutions for our clients.

What Structural Engineering do you Cover in London and across the UK?

We offer a wide range of structural engineering services including:

  • Engineering Design of superstructures and sub-structures.
  • Full client advice and engineering design solutions - from project inception to completion.
  • Extensive resources to carry out a wide variety of projects of all sizes.
  • Engineering design and engineering plans for new, existing and historic buildings, including extensions and adaptations.
  • Professional advice on temporary works and installation.
  • Comprehensive, in-depth experience of different types of structures and materials.
  • Advanced 3-D modelling design techniques.
  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • Option to integrate an in-house civil engineering capability.
  • Extensive experience in a number of different procurement routes including: JCT, PPC2000, NEC, PPP and PFI contracts.

What is the role of structural engineers?

Structural engineers specialise in the engineering design and engineering construction of buildings. Our primary task to ensure structures are made safe and capable of withstanding both internal and external forces and elements.

Improving the structural integrity of existing buildings – is also another key service provided by structural engineering, accompanied by the preparing of comprehensive structural analysis, dimension surveys, reports and drawings.

The repair, conversion and extension of commercial and residential buildings – and other structures both large and small – is also an important and frequent role for structural engineers.

Our engineering services are regularly involved with ensuring the stability of a building structure, often including:

  • Foundations
  • Walls
  • Columns
  • Beams and roof members

A structural engineer will also be called upon whenever the stability of a property is affected by subsidence, fire, flooding or explosion. The degree of damage is carefully assessed to decide the necessary remedial action.

Structural Engineering projects – small size to large scale

In addition to large scale structural engineering developments, AC Design Solutions carry out a wide range of small to medium-size projects across London and the UK, including small residential projects involving:

  • Structural calculations
  • Load bearing
  • Beam calculations
  • Structural surveys
  • Internal architecture
  • Feasibility studies - and more

Residential Structural Engineering projects undertaken include:

  • Home Conversions
  • Basement conversions
  • Loft Conversions
  • New Build Developments
  • Multi-Storey Extensions
  • Historical & Listed Buildings
  • Agricultural Building Conversions

Commercial Structural Engineering projects undertaken include:

  • Office Extensions
  • Retail Centres
  • Internal Store Reconfiguration
  • Portal Frame/Warehousing
  • Warehouses & Factories
  • Infrastructural Projects

Inhouse civil engineering

AC Design offers an inhouse civil engineering option. One of the key tasks of a civil engineer is to plan, design and supervise the construction and maintenance of building structures and infrastructure.

High quality engineering standards compliance

AC Design Solutions strictly adhere to high quality engineering standards throughout.

Buildings are often complex, and must be correctly designed and engineered to bespoke specification, first time. This is only made possible by ensuring a highly experienced engineering team are engaged from the outset to ensure the structures made are safe.

From the straightforward to the most complex engineering project, we ensure compliance to professional industry standards are robustly applied.

Our structural engineering capability, using the very latest design techniques, includes all types of structural projects, temporary, historic or new. From private home ‘new builds’ to loft conversions, and any timber joist work necessary for refurbishment of business properties.

We are also often called upon to solve structural challenges for some of the more unusual projects. As with any task undertaken, we tackle each and every project to a high level of professional engineering standards and client satisfaction.

Steel Structural Engineering London

AC Design offers an inhouse civil engineering option. One of the key tasks of a civil engineer is to plan, design and supervise the construction and maintenance of building structures and infrastructure.

We work with all types of steel structure, including:

  • Portal frame buildings
  • Secondary steelwork
  • Platforms and walkways
  • Structural steel staircases

 

Our extensive industry experience enables us to better understand how to design connections that are structurally sound.

A selection of specialist software is used when working on challenging connections to test whether the designs can be fabricated and implemented, structurally.

Our full modelling and programming methods, and connections for jobs of all shapes and sizes, ensure an ‘on time, on budget’ delivery.

Building Information Modelling (BIM)

At AC Design Solutions, our dedicated structural steelwork CAD team help to deliver a wide range of structural engineering projects in London and across the UK, including:

  • Building Information Modelling (BIM)
  • 3D models
  • Fabrication details
  • Material lists
  • General Arrangement (GA) details
  • NC data

Building Information Modelling (BIM), and their data rich 3D models play a major part in structural design for structural engineers, and enable the highest level of construction and production control.

BIM provides an accurate and dynamic 3D environment that is also shared by contractors, steel detailers and fabricators, as well as concrete detailers and manufacturers. It allows for more collaborative and integrated project management and delivery, from conceptual design to construction.

BIM Benefits include:

  • Error-free design and accurate detailing
  • Wider use of a structural model in the construction process
  • Coordination and combination of building materials, especially steel & concrete
  • Increased productivity, elimination of waste

Residential Structural Engineering Services

Home renovations involving structural engineering changes requires considerable detailed planning and preparation. Our approach at AC Design is to help and guide you through the process as clearly and smoothly as possible, including:
  • Initial site visit to discuss the proposed work and desired outcome.
  • Structural plans produced from architectural plans provided or a survey, allowing structural information for the structural design to be shown and carried out.
  • Assessment of the proposed alterations and new structure required to allow loads to safely flow through to the footings.
  • Building control calculations to produce drawings for building construction and costing.
  • Impact assessment local ground conditions using geological maps, trial pit excavations and full soil testing.
  • Information compiled and issued for Part A of the building Regulations.

Structural Engineering London Consultancy

AC Design Solutions was founded more than ten years ago to become an established structural engineering consultancy, serving London and the UK.

We can provide full support for a comprehensive range of structural engineering projects from engineering design to party wall surveying. From the preparation of structural calculations to a full design package for factory manufacture or site fabrication, AC Design Solutions is a complete design service customised to your specific requirements.

We can also help with all aspects of building regulations, providing full compliance support for both commercial and residential projects. From loft conversions to property renovation, house extensions to structural calculations.

Basements

A shortage of space for development and high land values, particularly in London, has seen basement construction become an increasingly popular way of gaining additional space in both homes and commercial properties.
A structurally engineered basement space is designed to resist ground / soil forces.
Basement structural engineering involves gradual excavation and temporary stable house support propping to individually resist ground forces. Stability of the site area is of critical importance. Cantilevered retaining walls are cast to support the weight of the house above and to resist lateral earth pressures.

Hydrogeological Surveys

An important part of a structural engineering survey prior to basement work is carrying out a Hydrogeology Survey to determine the flow of water below ground. A report is arranged to assess the impact of ‘expected’ water flow and the basement development.

Structural Engineering Report Surveys & Investigations

Our structural engineering team has over ten years extensive knowledge and experience of construction techniques combined with continuous refurbishment projects.

Building Investigations

Critical investigations into existing buildings, their defects and current condition are regularly undertaken. Concrete is increasingly affected by an adversely polluted environment. A variety of tests can be carried out to determine current suitability.

Corrosion in a building’s steelwork can exert an expansive force, cracking open the masonry facades.

Building Failures

Inspection of dangerous structures at short notice is not unusual

Our extensive structural engineering knowledge of historic and listed buildings allows a quick but reliable assessment to determine the extent of further detailed investigation and remedial work required.

Subsidence & Movement Surveys

House movement is a common structural engineering task. Especially, in London and its ageing building stock clustered in numerous locations.

Laser surveys scan the external facade of a building to provide highly accurate details of wall surface distortions, such as leaning and bowing.

Dimension Surveys

Dimensional surveys is a structural engineering technique to accurately measure 3-dimensional spaces.  The area between each point is precisely determined to create digitally mapped distances and angles.

Mortgage Surveys

A structural engineering appraisal of a residential property to support a mortgage application can often be requested just day before the exchange.

Survey reports specific to the property are completed by a chartered engineer. Each and every property defect item will be itemised, and where possible, appropriate repairs and anticipated costs evaluated.

Recent Projects

Quality Work at Affordable Rates.

We would love to speak with you about your structural engineering project and discuss what we can do to help. 

Contact us today for a chat and a personalised quote.